Skene House Apartment Hotels is delighted to be a part of Aberdeen Festivals 2017. The city will see ten festivals running throughout the year across Aberdeen and shire; world class performances, international premiers, art, dance, science, technology and music.

As one of the partners of Aberdeen Festivals we want to make sure that our guests and our blog readers don’t miss a thing. With three city centre properties Skene House is ideally located for all the gigs, performances and workshops you wish to attend. We offer free parking so it’s easy to drop off the car and explore Aberdeen at leisure, or drive out to an Aberdeenshire event without having to worry about parking on your return.

2017-whats-coming-upSkene House offers the appeal of an apartment (personal kitchen and lounge space) alongside the benefits of a hotel. For example our receptions are manned 24 hours, which is reassuring if you’re returning from a late night concert, or want help with directions or booking taxis to events.


Spectra Festival of Light

2017 kicks off with the dazzling and illuminating Spectra Festival of Light from 9-12 February 2017. Running for four nights, Spectra will see internationally renowned artists light up Marischal College, Union Terrace Gardens, St Nicholas Kirkyard and Seventeen (Aberdeen’s Creative Hub on Belmont Street). This is just the start of a year’s worth of entertainment.

15-19 MARCH Aberdeen Jazz Festival – As well as internationally renowned artists the festival also delivers a range of free lunchtime concerts from young upcoming jazz bands from across the city’s schools. Jazz on the Green, a free one day outdoor event, will be held on Sunday 19 March in the heart of Aberdeen’s Merchant Quarter. Bring on the sunshine.


Look Again Festival

27 APRIL – 1 MAY Look Again is a visual art and design festival. Last year it transformed the familiar (familiar landmarks, familiar parts of the city) into pieces of art. For example a giant balloon was inserted into an often overlooked alleyway, suddenly drawing attention to a low key part of the city. A gigantic D-Lock bicycle chain was locked around the pillars of the Art Centre, representing locking in talent in Aberdeen. Where will Look Again strike in 2017?

26-28 MAY May Festival offers a mixed bag of creativity and conversation. Held by the University of Aberdeen it offers shows, talks, concerts, readings and tours hosted by famous faces, performers, Aberdeen University students and staff. A highlight will be the citizen’s dig, celebrating Scotland’s Year of History, Heritage and Archaeology.


Aberdeen International Youth Festival

28 JULY – 5 AUGUST The Aberdeen International Youth Festival welcomes a host of young musical, artistic, theatrical and creative talents from around the world to the Granite City. It’s been a fixture in the Aberdeen calendar since 1973, welcoming over 27,500 youngsters to perform here. Having sponsored the Young Musician of the Year Award at AIYF for over twenty years Skene House will be following this festival to spot the latest new talent emerging.

26 AUGUST – 25 SEPTEMBER If science, technology, engineering and maths are more your bag then TechFest might be the festival of choice. Reaching out to adults and children, the festival aims to inspire creativity at the forefront of technology.


True North

7-9 SEPTEMBER True North offers up a musical range of gigs, concerts and performances from local and international artists. From intimate performances in small venues, to jumping, busy concerts, True North is the sound of the city.

9-17 SEPTEMBER NEOS (North East Open Studios). Every year artists open their studio doors to give the public a look behind the scenes; a chance to take a peak at the sketchpads, the preliminary drawings, the sculptures, the pots and paintings, and the actual homes of some of Aberdeen’s artistic locals.

12-28 OCTOBER For a dalliance with dance DanceLive is running over three weekends in 2017. From watching a range of dance, to participating in workshops, visitors can spectate or immerse themselves in the art form. From contemporary dance to ballet and improvisation, find a movement for your mood.

26 OCTOBER – 12 NOVEMBER sound is about innovation and musical discovery. Explore new music, and listen as genres collide and overlap. From contemporary classical, to electro-acoustic, improvised, experimental and jazz music, sound festival invites you to explore the beat of Aberdeen through lunchtime performances, concerts and late night sessions.

At Skene House we want to encourage our visitors to get the most out of their stay in Aberdeen. Skene House Whitehall and Skene House Rosemount are ideally situated for His Majesty’s Theatre, Seventeen Creative Hub, Citymoves dance space and Union Terrace Gardens. Skene House Holburn is a few minutes walk from the Green. But all city centre venues are walkable from any Skene House property. We provide guests, who book directly with us, a complimentary breakfast so you can spend more time planning your itinerary of festival events. So book your tickets, book your accommodation and get festival ready.

Find out more about Skene House’s leisure weekends here, call +44 1224 659 392 or email

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